A Southern Californian was discovered dead at Death Valley National Park, apparently because he ran out gas while trying to get out in the heat. Authorities said Wednesday.
Park guests found David Kelleher’s body on Tuesday. a statement from the park service stated.
Kelleher, 67, of Huntington Beach, was about 2 1/2 miles from the vehicle, and apparently was walking from Zabriskie Point toward Furnace Creek, the park said.
He was found about 30 feet from State Route 190 but the highway was obscured by terrain and a mesquite tree, the park said.
Kelleher hadn’t been reported missing but a park ranger spotted a lone vehicle in the Zabriskie Point parking lot on June 11 and remembered it from three days earlier, the park said. Kelleher was the owner.
A crumpled letter found inside Kelleher’s car stated, “out gas,” according to the park.
An air and ground search for Kelleher had been limited by temperatures that topped 120 degrees at times, officials said.
Kelleher had been cited for off-road driving at the park on May 30, when he mentioned to a park ranger that he was low on gas, according to KLAS, a CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. It was the second death reported this month. The body of John McCarry, 69, of Long Beach, was found in Panamint Valley on June 1.
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